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Bank Shots: LeBron, Bryant ‘beef’ it at All Star game

20 February 2013 By Jesse Jones, Associate Sports Editor No Comments

A lot of talk has been made in the past few days about the Kobe and LeBron “beef” that took place in the All-Star game Sunday.

Who would have thought that Kobe and LeBron are all the basketball media outlets are talking about?

For those who didn’t watch the All-Star game, which was tightly contested, albeit with little defense, you missed Kobe completely shut out LeBron in the final quarter.

Not only did Kobe, who was the one who decided to guard LeBron in the final stretch of the game, hold the reigning MVP to zero points, but he also blocked two of LeBron’s critical shots toward the end of the game. After the blocks, Kobe started trash talking LeBron and was seen calling him a [expletive.]

The West would eventually win the game 143-138, making Kobe’s defense even that much more important.

Since then, Twitter, members of the media and Skip Bayless— who I do not consider a member of the media —have said that Kobe was sending a message to LeBron that he can still get the best of him, despite his age.

Personally, I think this is hilarious. Kobe is arguably the second greatest competitor the game has seen besides Michael Jackson, and it’s still evident in a meaningless All-Star game.

Seemingly Kobe was sick of the comparisons between him and LeBron that were circling the NBA world all week leading up to the game.

I enjoyed seeing the back-and-forth between the two, especially since Kobe won the battle, but when everything is said and done, just like the All-Star game itself, it was meaningless.

Both players are headed in different directions at this stage of their respective careers.

Kobe has only a couple years left, although he is still one of the best players in the league at his age, and LeBron is in the middle of his prime.

There’s no denying how great he was playing up until the All-Star break, which in large part was because of the fresh jerseys the Heat wore during that span.

Kobe’s team has a large possibility of missing the playoffs this season, and LeBron’s team is trying to repeat as champions.

If you want to compare the two players during their primes, it’s no secret that LeBron has the physical advantage over Kobe, who has the clutch gene and will to win that LeBron lacks (that can still change depending on what LeBron does the rest of his career).

You can debate all you want about which is the better player and how the final quarter of the All-Star game is evidence, but at the end of the day, it meant nothing. This wasn’t a Game Seven for the NBA title. It was an All-Star game that has no

impact on the postseason unlike the MLB’s All-Star game.

One last thing, it doesn’t matter who’s better. Jordan, even at the age of 50, was the best and is still the best. Last week, he beat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was the second overall pick from last year’s draft, in a one-on-one game.

Game. Blouses. Michael Jordan.

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